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"Anyway, he called back four days later and told me I was the new Cincinnati manager if I wanted the job. I got there that night."
"I'd be a fool to say I didn't want back in the big leagues. Hell, everybody wants to be in the big leagues. It's not a question of money. What's money?"
WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR
Like all baseball managers, Hutchinson is an optimist at heart, and while realizing that it is too late to do anything about getting the Reds to the top of the league this year, he sees no reason why they can't win in 1960.
"This is a good, sound ball club," he says. "Probably the best hitting team in either league. You take Robinson and Pinson and Temple and Bell and Lynch. All good hitters. Thomas and McMillan have been hurt. They should have a better year. And Bailey. And the pitching has been pretty good lately. It could be better, but it's improved.
"I've got Newcombe, Purkey, Nuxhall, Hook and O'Toole on a regular rotation, with Lawrence, Pena and Brosnan in relief. I didn't really change things any; the pitching just settled down. The only pitcher we've added is Hook, and I didn't want him. I figured he'd be better off finishing the year down at Seattle. But Gabe wanted to bring him up, so we brought him up. The only thing I told Gabe was that if he did come up he was going in the rotation. He was going to take his regular turn if he lost nine straight games. And Gabe said that was fine with him, that's the way he wanted it, too. So we sent down Arroyo and called up Hook. He's been doing a good job."
"Well, they are a little bit alike," said Hutch, "but there is one major difference. At St. Louis there were some good ballplayers on the big league club but not enough of them. And although the Cardinals had a lot of good-looking kids down in the minors there was a gap. None of them were ready to move up right then. The best of them needed some more time in Triple-A. But the Reds seem to have a more constant flow. You notice they get a good young player almost every year: Temple, Bailey, Robinson, Pinson, now Hook and O'Toole. That's the pattern the Yankees used so long to dominate the American League. Well, we're just getting started. This is the hardest-working organization I've ever seen. We've got scouts out beating bushes I didn't know existed."
A scout for the Red Sox, working the territory, walked into the coffee shop and stopped off to shake hands.